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What’s on in Kent in February?

PUBLISHED: 12:05 29 January 2019

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Our selection of top events and diary dates for this month in Kent


• Andrew Maxwell: Showtime (15 Feb)

Multiple award winner and Edinburgh favourite Andrew Maxwell is set to tour his latest show. Channelling the spirit of his breakthrough show This Is My Hour, Showtime matches the burning sense of urgency that we deserve entertainment in the times we live in. From political gambling with all the variables and the very likelihood of robots taking over the world; this show is about all things we should be discussing, as opposed to immigration, globalisation and populism.

Tickets: £15.25. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

• Tonbridge Comedy Nights (15 Feb)

Three of the circuit’s best comedians will be appearing in an intimate studio space. Andrew Lawrence will be headlining.

Tickets: £13. 01732 304241. EMF Studio, Tonbridge High School, Tonbridge

• Mark Thomas Check Up: Our NHS at 70 (22 Feb)

Following a ground-breaking tour of his last show Showtime From the Frontline, in which he, alongside two Palestinian comics, re-enacted their time setting up a comedy club in Jenin, Mark turns his attention back to the UK and to our very own National Health Service. Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS, residencies in hospitals and surgeries, and with theatre director Nicolas Kent, Mark uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in; what’s going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right, and what the future might hold for us all.

Tickets: £12 to £16. 01227 769075. The Gulbenkian, Canterbury



• The Classic Rock Show – UK 2019 (13 Feb)

Described as ‘a classic rock fan’s ultimate live jukebox’, expect to hear anthem after anthem, riff after riff, solo after solo. The Classic Rock Show brings the original recordings back to life on stage with a huge sound and light show to match, culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.

Tickets: £28.50; £38.50. 020 3285 6000. The Churchill Theatre, Bromley

• Rat Pack Live (14 Feb)

They were the definition of cool during their 1950s and 1960s Las Vegas heyday. Say hello to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr as Rat Pack Live invites you to be part of the gang and features all the patter and razzamatazz of the infamous live shows. So prepare yourself for the UK’s most authentic Rat Pack concert experience…

Tickets: £27.50; £29; £31.50. 020 3285 6000. The Churchill Theatre, Bromley

• Paul Carrack – These Days (16 Feb)

Paul Carrack, one of the most revered voices in music and a figurehead of soulful pop for decades, has returned with his latest album These Days and is taking it on the road. The stirring, performance-based set features a stunning line-up, with Paul on keyboards and guitar; his vastly experienced colleague Jeremy Meek on bass; and two hugely renowned players completing the core line-up, Robbie McIntosh (Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Norah Jones, John Mayer et al) on lead guitar and Steve Gadd, universally acknowledged as one of the top musicians in the world, on drums.

Tickets: £34.50; £39.50. 01843 292795. Winter Gardens, Margate

• Fairport Convention (19 and 20 Feb)

Legendary folk rockers Fairport Convention will be hitting the road in 2019, including two dates in Kent. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire.

Tickets: £26. 01227 769075. The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

• The Magic of Motown (22 Feb)

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town. Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and many more, are all sensationally recreated by an exceptionally talented cast 
and band.

Tickets: £32.50. 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

• Big Girls Don’t Cry (22 Feb)

Step back in time and come and celebrate the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. During the 60s and 70s number one hits Sherry, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll and Big Girls Don’t Cry helped propel the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli to super stardom. Come and relive that wonderful era.

Tickets: £24 to £28. 020 3285 6000. The Churchill Theatre, Bromley

• Clare Teal and Trio – Swing’s the Thing (28 Feb)

The multi-award-winning jazz artist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal has announced a new show in Kent. Clare’s concerts are a celebration of popular music from a golden age of song – upbeat and uplifting. And coupled with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling, this will be a night to remember.

Tickets: £22. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge



• Out of the Hat! (3 Feb)

The fantastic children’s company Long Nose Puppets return with their delightful show about friendship and magic.

Tickets: £10. 01732 304241. EMF Studio, Tonbridge High School, Tonbridge

• Caroline’s Kitchen (5 to 9 Feb)

Caroline Mortimer is the nation’s favourite TV cook. In the glow of the studio lights, she has it all: sparkling career, big house, (golf-) loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen. But when the camera turns off, the truth comes out; and when an unexpected guest disrupts a night of celebration, there’s more to spill than the wine.

Tickets: £15 to £18, 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

• Twirlywoos Live! (12 Feb)

The wonderful world of The Twirlywoos (as seen on CBeebies) is brought to life as Toodloo, Great Big Hoo, Chickedy, Chick and Peekaboo set sail around the UK in a new adventure.

Tickets: £13.50, 020 3285 6000. The Churchill Theatre, Bromley

• Zog (3-6 May)

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world. From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat, Zog promises to be (dragon)-roaring fun for all ages.

Tickets: £17.50 (child £15.50). 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford


Out & about

• Dark Skies Month: Stargazing (8 Feb)

Join us in Darwin’s garden at night. In this introduction to astronomy’ hear expert talks and top tips, before looking through telescopes to explore the night sky and gaze at the stars. Refreshments will be available for sale.

Tickets: £20 (adults); £15 (EH members). 0370 333 1181. Downe House, Downe

• Darwin Day: Charles’ Creepy Critters (9 Feb)

Could you handle a snake? Get hands on with some of Charles Darwin’s creepy critters at this animal-handling event.

Tickets: £12 (adults); £10.80 (concs); £7.20 (children – five to 15 years); £31.20 (family). 0370 333 1181. Downe House, Downe

• Snowdrop Walk (From 9 Feb)

Follow a trail of thousands of snowdrops starting to emerge from their winter hibernation, then take the time to stroll through the gardens and enjoy the early blossoms of camellia and quince. All walks are dependent on the weather.

Tickets: £9.95 to £46.85. 01732 865224. Hever Castle, Edenbridge

• Living with Nature (16 to 24 Feb)

In conjunction with the RSPB, spend some time with nature. Various activities including nature trails, workshops and talks are part of the event.

Tickets: £9.95 to £46.85. 01732 865224. Hever Castle, Edenbridge

• Discover with Darwin (18 to 22 Feb)

Join Charles Darwin himself and explore the discovery of evolution at its birthplace as you delve daringly into the mysteries of science. Ever wondered why giraffes have long necks? Why a penguin can’t fly? Why a monkey has a tail?

Tickets: £12 (adults); £10.80 (concs); £7.20 (children – five to 15 years); £31.20 (family). 0370 333 1181. Downe House, Downe

• Secrets & Spies (18 to 22 Feb)

Calling all super sleuths, secret agents and investigators! Sharpen your detective skills with hands-on training in disguise, code cracking and clues.

Tickets: £20 (adults); £18 (concs); £12 (children – five to 15 years); £50 (family). 01304 211 067. Dover Castle, Dover



• Build It Live 2019 (9 and 10 Feb)

The show provides a whole weekend of inspiration and expert guidance under one roof to thousands of visitors wanting to either build their own home or add space and value to their current one. Talk to the specialists who can make designing and building your own home a reality, whatever your budget.

Tickets: £12; free (under 16s). www.builditlive.co.uk. Kent Event Centre, Detling

• Chocolate delight (13 Feb)

Join Jane from Simply Chocolate in Whitstable for an evening of chocolate craft. Jane will demonstrate the art of tempering chocolate and will share her secrets on how to create and blend different flavour combinations.

Tickets: £49 (per person). 01227 209300. Neptune Canterbury

• The Hairy Bikers (17 Feb)

National treasures Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, have announced a huge nationwide tour for 2019. Big-hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food, Si and Dave have been cooking together for more than 20 years. Come and enjoy some culinary conversation with the lads.

Tickets: £23 to £43. 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

• Faversham Literary Festival 2019 (21 to 24 Feb)

Jo Brand, Will Self and Jenni Murray head a stellar line-up at Faversham’s second literary festival, which takes place in various venues around the medieval market town. There are more than 30 events to choose from, with some of the highlights including storyteller Diane Setterfield (Once Upon a River), Hugh Warwick on the plight of the hedgehog and former punk legend Viv Albertine’s frank and insightful memoir To Throw Away Unopened.


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